Interview : Russell Slade : 18/11/2008
Russell Slade talks to BBC local radio after the 5-0 defeat against Stockport
Russell Slade
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Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade talked to local reporter Chris Spittles, on behalf of BBC Somerset, after his side were beaten 5-0 by Stockport County in the FA Cup on November 18th 2008.

CS: A desperately disappointing night Russell, and everything seemed to go wrong right from the penalty kick.

RS: Yes, I think so. I thought we started off really really well and got the penalty from some good movement. You expect to score them. We don't get many of them but you expect to score them and so I'm obviously disappointed that we didn't. Not only that but we missed the follow-up as well, as I think we had a chance to follow it in. We didn't manage to score and so that didn't get us off to a good start, particularly in a climate where we need to score to give us a lift. We had the ideal opportunity and we didn't take it.

CS: Obviously they scored very quickly after that and that was difficult to take.

RS: Yes, it was. We've not quite dealt with the set play, which is disappointing for us, because over the course of the season we've dealt with corners and free kicks pretty well. It's taken a bit of a wicked deflection off Keiran Murtagh, I think you'll find, and he's almost got the last touch on it before it's gone in. That's put us on the back foot so we've found ourselves 1-0 down again. We've gone back up the other end and we've hit the post with a header that could have got us right back in it. Then we had what was the turning point and what was the key moment for me. I don't know whether it was a sending off or not, but it obviously turned the game on its head. That was when Brown was adjudged to have fouled - which he did. Whether it was a yellow card or a red card, I'd have to look at the video. It might well have been, we felt, that there was a full-back rounding off and that perhaps he wasn't the last man. But we'll have to have a look.

CS: Obviously the free kick made it very difficult at 10 men and 2-0 down.

RS: Yes, with 10 men it is a double-whammy, isn't it? Not only are you two down, you're down to ten men. Effectively then, the tie is over. We tried, we kept going, but it was always going to be an uphill battle, which it proved. I am really disappointed. Really really disappointed. But we've got to put it in a box, put it to one side and put it out of the way, because we've got a big survival battle on our hands. We've got no time to sulk, no time to moan, no time to blame officials. We have to put it behind us immediately. We have a big opportunity to put it right on Saturday and that is the only way, I think, that you can get over it. You have to put in a performance on Saturday that is worthy of some points. We can score a goal, we can win a football match, and then we can put it all behind.

CS: Is there a danger that tonight's game will have left the players shellshocked?

RS: I don't know. We'll have to wait and see. I suppose that there is. You'll have to wait and see, won't you? I think we've got enough character in the side to put it behind us.

CS: There were some tired legs tonight as well, as you were down to 10 men for 75 minutes tonight.

RS: Yes, well I did my best. I brought Roberts off for 15 minutes to save his legs at 4-0. He will of course play on Saturday. We're hoping we've done the business with Gareth Owen, so that is fresh legs. I've got Nathan Smith, so that's fresh legs and hopefully we'll have Luke Rodgers on Thursday, so that is fresh legs. So it is not all doom'n'gloom. There are positives and there are fresh legs coming into the side. It's all about attitude and character now and to have the focus to put that behind us now.

CS: In going down to 10 men and at 2-0 did you think the attitude and character was there tonight, given that it was 5-0 in the end, but was that just the circumstances?

RS: You were watching?

CS: I thought they gave it a really good go.

RS: I thought they gave everything in terms of effort. Sometimes we make mistakes and lack a bit of quality, but I thought that we gave everything in terms of putting a shift in.

CS: You lost two players to injury as well.

RS: Aidan Downes is his hip flexor. It was a bit tight, but he still has a chance for Saturday. We'll have to wait and see on that one.

CS: Gifton Noel-Williams was struggling when he came off.

RS: He has done his achilles and he was struggling with that. So we are going to have to rest him as well.

What summed our night up was that Warney has hit the best shot of the night and it has cannoned off their upright. It was the best strike of the night and it came off the post. We've come to Stockport, we've hit the post twice, we've missed a penalty. But we've still not scored a goal and we've got beaten 5-0. It's a bad day at the office and sometimes they happen. When I was at Grimsby we got beaten in the year we went to the play-off final. We got beaten 5-0 at Lincoln, but then beat then 3-0 at home and then beat them in the play-offs. You just have to put them behind you and roll your sleeves up. They've got to come back to us on 13th December and I'm sure the boys will look forward to that one, and I'm sure they'll look forward to Saturday.

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